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Irish Christmas in America show comes to Grass Valley

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The hugely popular Irish Christmas in America show features top Irish music, song and dance in an engaging performance rich in humor and boundless energy.
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The Center for the Arts is pleased to present Irish Christmas in America in the Marisa Funk theater on November 27.

Celebrating 17 years, Irish Christmas in America brings a fascinating performance of music, song, dance, and stories, selling out all over the US since 2005. Produced by Sligo fiddler Oisín Mac Diarmada, the hugely popular Irish Christmas in America show features top Irish music, song and dance in an engaging performance rich in humor and boundless energy.

The holiday show was first conceived in 2005 with past tours featuring such stellar guest vocalists as Niamh Farrell, Séamus & Méabh Begley, Teresa Horgan, Lumiere (Pauline Scanlon & Eilis Kennedy), Karan Casey, Cara Dillon, Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh, Cathie Ryan and Michael Londra. Mac Diarmada enthuses about the program, as a way to bring traditional and often unknown Irish customs to the States. “One of the most heartfelt themes of Irish Christmas is emigration,” says Mac Diarmada. “Music was a way that people stayed close to home.”



On this tour that celebrates 17 years in production, there are five gifted musicians. Caitríona Sherlock, a talented young singer from Monaghan, came to attention when winning All-Ireland titles for singing in 2013 & 2017, and brings to Irish Christmas in America a magical voice and stage presence, invoking the warmth and charm of an Irish Christmas evening. Oisín Mac Diarmada, who is also the show’s producer, has been described by The Irish Echo’s Earle Hitchner as “one of the most gifted and creative traditional fiddlers playing today.” Gráinne Hambly from County Mayo in the West of Ireland is an internationally recognized exponent of the Irish harp and has toured extensively throughout Europe and the United States, giving concerts, workshops, and masterclasses. Samantha Harvey is an award-winning step dancer, pianist, and accordionist who has performed throughout the world. Seán Gavin’s ornate and driving style on the flute and uilleann pipes reflects his lifelong immersion in traditional Irish music.

This family-friendly performance features lively instrumental tunes on fiddle, flute, uilleann pipes, and harp, along with thrilling Irish dancing. In addition, evocative photographic images provide a backdrop to some of the rich historical traditions of Ireland.



Take a memorable glimpse into the enchanting spirit of Christmas, as the finest traditional artists from Ireland, bring you a fun-filled start to the holiday season of 2022.

Usher in the holiday season with the Irish Christmas in America show at The Center for the Arts on November 27, 2022.

Source: The Center for the Arts

KNOW & GO

WHAT: Irish Christmas in America

WHERE: The Center for the Arts Marisa Funk Theater | 314 West Main Street, Grass Valley

WHEN: Sunday, Nov. 27 | Doors 2 p.m. Show 3 p.m.

TICKETS: $35-50 | thecenterforthearts.org

WEBSITE & INFO: https://sforce.co/3w1OhaA or (530) 274-8384

 

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